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pater

[pey-ter; also for 2, 3 pat-er] /ˈpeɪ tər; also for 2, 3 ˈpæt ər/
noun
1.
British Informal. father.
2.
(often initial capital letter) the paternoster; Lord's Prayer.
3.
a recitation of it.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin: father

Pater

[pey-ter] /ˈpeɪ tər/
noun
1.
Walter Horatio, 1839–94, English critic, essayist, and novelist.

Pater Patriae

[pah-ter pah-tree-ahy; English pey-ter pey-tree-ee, pat-er pa-tree-ee] /ˈpɑ tɛr ˈpɑ triˌaɪ; English ˈpeɪ tər ˈpeɪ triˌi, ˈpæt ər ˈpæ triˌi/
noun
1.
Latin. father of his country.
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  • Hence, interference with any property was enforced by the pater.
British Dictionary definitions for pater

pater

/ˈpeɪtə/
noun
1.
(Brit, mainly facetious) a public school slang word for father
Word Origin
from Latin

Pater

/ˈpeɪtə/
noun
1.
Walter (Horatio). 1839–94, English essayist and critic, noted for his prose style and his advocation of the "love of art for its own sake". His works include the philosophical romance Marius the Epicurean (1885), Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873), and Imaginary Portraits (1887)
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Encyclopedia Article for pater

pater patriae

in ancient Rome, a title originally accorded (in the form parens urbis Romanae, or "parent of the Roman city") to Romulus, Rome's legendary founder. It was next accorded to Marcus Furius Camillus, who led the city's recovery after its capture by the Gauls (c. 390 BC).

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